February 2nd, 2008
05:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Celebrities debut Obama music video

From the new pro-Obama music video.

From the new pro-Obama music video.

(CNN) - With just a few days to go before the critical Super Tuesday primaries, Black Eyed Peas' frontman will.i.am and director Jesse Dylan, son of legendary musician Bob Dylan, have released a new song featuring a host of celebrities and one very unlikely music video star: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

"Yes We Can," released Friday, is centered around footage of the speech the Illinois senator gave after the New Hampshire primary last month.

The music video includes excerpts from that Obama speech and appearances from celebrities including jazz artist Herbie Hancock, former LA Lakers captain Kareem Abdul Jabbar, singer John Legend, model Amber Valletta, actresses Kate Walsh and Scarlett Johansson, and others.

(In an interview with the Associated Press last month, Johansson had joked that she was engaged to the White House hopeful, telling a reporter: “My heart belongs to Barack.”)

Dylan and will.i.am told ABC News they did not coordinate the creation or release of the video with the Obama campaign, and are unsure Obama knows about the production.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. Audrey Cross

    I am still rooting for Obama. He is the right one for the White House. My thoughts in the beginning – up rises another JFK.

    This whole campaign is very interesting. A.J.

    February 2, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. Darrel

    This song is unbelievable. I'm lost for words. It gave me goosebumps. It speaks to more than just this country but the whole world. We are one people.

    February 2, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    anyone know where you can download this video?

    February 2, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. Jodie

    This video is a clear illustration of how Senator Obama is inspiring a movement of change and renewed patriotism all over this country.

    February 2, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  5. H


    February 2, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. LMDJ

    Obama will be the nominee.
    Video should be viewed by every Hilliary supporter so that they might come to their senses.

    February 2, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  7. DY

    I don't think is a good idea at all. It is the beginning of "dumbing down" the american political process. What comes next?... tap dancing? Barack had my vote.

    No he doesn't!


    February 2, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. Lisa Halverson

    You can download the video on Utube, under "Yes We Can"

    February 2, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. Stephanie

    Good viral marketing tactic, but Obama shouldn't align himself with rap/hip hop if he wants to win against John McCain.

    February 2, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. Obama '08


    February 2, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. John Smith


    I really believe that it is going to take the active support of Hillary for the DEMS to lose the White House again; Remember Gore and Kerry? How short minded can the Dems really be in this nation. Gore and Kerry (each a stronger candidate than Hillary) were the "accidents" of the Clintons– The Dems lost each time!!!!!

    Currently, the Dems are celebrating the "huge number of voters" out there for them because of the Independents (like myself), moderate Republicans, and young voters that have been brought onboard by Obama. Let us wait until the Dems put up Hillary as the nominee and the "voting pool" will run dry!!

    This is yours Dems to lose again; it always takes the Clintons for the Dems to lose the White House or to deal with issues of moral corruptions!!!

    WISE and Intelligent Dems should simply stay AWAY from the Clintons; they are the source of "curse" for the Dems!!!!

    No Clinton, not even Bill, can ever restore the ECONOMIC fortunes of the past; indeed, the conditions of the past (e.g., Internet bubble) that made that happen are simply NOT there today. The Clintons burnt their bridges BEFORE they left (in disgrace) the White House!!! And guess what? Hillary has been making stronger enemies since!

    February 2, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  12. Up North

    Anonymous go to Obama's website and you can see it.

    February 2, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. rich

    keep putting a cover on the book. the the real truth of mr. obama!

    February 2, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  14. Mia

    Great video with talented people behind it.

    February 2, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  15. ka

    i want to listen to this music. i like and love everything about him. He is a great man. how can i get a copy

    February 2, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. Latina from Texas

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS VIDEO!!!! Every American needs to see this!

    February 2, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. jacki

    wow obama is so sexy

    February 2, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  18. soulja

    this made me weep like a baby. I sent it to all my friends. OBAMA '08 & '12

    February 2, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  19. Steph, Philadelphia

    News! News! News! Another kennedy backs Obama. Ethel Kennedy late wife of the late Robert Kennedy backs Obama. Obama is so inspirational that a lot of us just can't resist him.

    February 2, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  20. Allan

    will.i.am for President

    February 2, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  21. Patrick

    Wow the anti-clinton news network is at work!

    February 2, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  22. Rogb2001

    Let me be sure I'm on topic here... Do you thing Jesse Dylan, Herbie Hancock, former LA Lakers captain Kareem Abdul Jabbar, singer John Legend, model Amber Valletta, actresses Kate Walsh and Scarlett Johansson are aware of Obama's history with Exelon Corporation along with his chief political strategist, David Axelrod? ...Is Oprah?

    February 2, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  23. Alex, Las Vegas, NV


    February 2, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    The song is on youtube. Go check it out!!!

    February 2, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  25. Miss H

    Awesome video! Check it out on YouTube.

    Obama '08

    PS – it's probably going to be the most watched video by tomorrow. Wait and see. Change is coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! –

    February 2, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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